Bijbehara shuts on anniversary of three local militants

Massive protests had erupted in the area after their killings. A witness said that people, braving cold, started visiting the martyrs graveyard at New Colony, Bijbehara to offer prayers to the deceased the two militants buried there.

KHALID GUL
Anantnag, Publish Date: Nov 24 2017 12:20AM | Updated Date: Nov 24 2017 12:20AM
Bijbehara shuts on anniversary of three local militants

A complete shutdown was observed in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district on Thursday to pay tributes to three local militants killed on this day in 2015.

Shops and other business establishments at Chinar town and adjoining villages remained closed while movement of traffic was also affected due to the spontaneous shutdown.

Three Hizb militants – Aadil Ahmad Sheikh of Goriwan, Tanveer Ahmad Bhat of Baba Mohalla and Sartaj Ahmad Lone of nearby Wubzan village - were killed on this day in 2015 in a gunfight with government forces in Siligam village of Aishmuqam.

Massive protests had erupted in the area after their killings. A witness said that people, braving cold, started visiting the martyrs graveyard at New Colony, Bijbehara to offer prayers to the deceased the two militants buried there.

In Wubzan village too, people offered prayers at Zahoor’s grave.  

Meanwhile, government forces on Thursday morning launched a cordon-and-search-operation (CASO) in several villages in Kokernag area of  Anantnag district.  However, the operation was called off after several hours around noon.

Sources said that troopers of 19 Rashtriya Rifles of  Indian Army, 164 Battalion  of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operations Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police launched the operation in Lisser, Bemdoora and Chwalgam villages early morning.

They said that the forces after receiving inputs about the presence of militants in the area carried out house-to-house searches. However, the operation was called off around noon.